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Crazy Asian guy dancing in public to break racial stereotypes

Posted by Jerrold Litwinenko / March 12, 2010

crazy asian guy dancing in public torontoAre Asians shy? Is this a stereotype that needs to be broken? Can "Crazy Asian Guy Dancing in Public" (aka Sexy Dragon), who most certainly isn't timid, help break stereotypes by shakin' it to Soljah Boy all over Toronto?

In the below video (already at close to 10,000 views), Sexy Dragon strips down to his socks and undies and busts a move in various, very public places (such as Fairview Mall, Eaton Centre, TTC, Pacific Mall, ROM, U of T, and Younge & Dundas) -- much to the blushing reactions/glares/cheers/jeers of passersby and to the chagrin of security officers who sometimes feel compelled to rain on the parade.

"Some people simply have a blanket view of some cultures," explains Sexy Dragon, the brave dancer in the video. He came to Canada from China 12 years ago, and aims to challenge the way people think.

When asked about the reactions he's received, Sexy Dragon explains that "people in this city walk around without smiling." Wanting to change that, he aims to "entertain people with physical comedy in everyday life situations."

And how do security staff respond when he gallivants around and breaks into shirtless and pantless dance? "We're doing this on private property in some locations. Some don't care, and other do," he tells me. At Pacific Mall, for example (known for its tight security), he and his crew have been caught, identified, and banned for five years.

In the next video in the series, he plans to tackle another cross-cultural stereotype by dressing up as a banana ("yellow on the outside and white on the inside") and hitting the streets. Stay tuned for it to appear on the Sexy Dragon website.



Darius / March 12, 2010 at 03:59 pm
Brilliant! Dude is hardcore even giving it a go at Pacific Mall.
hjli / March 12, 2010 at 03:59 pm
This guy needs more flair in his step.

And I'm surprised his clothes didn't get swiped in any of the places.
Patrick / March 12, 2010 at 04:07 pm
Patrick / March 12, 2010 at 04:08 pm
YESYESYES / March 12, 2010 at 04:19 pm
Oh, but does he do pushups?
The Nexus replying to a comment from YESYESYES / March 12, 2010 at 04:26 pm
Exactly - this guy is "cool" for trying to break a stereotype while Zanta is just "crazy".. go figure :)
ray / March 12, 2010 at 04:34 pm
The stereotype is perpetuated by people who are uneducated. Dancing in the street half naked isn't going to change everyone's opinion, only further make comical the topic of people's personal behaviour, including this "shy asian stereotype". Not everyone who is asian is shy, not every asian sucks at driving, and believe me when i say asians can dance. The same can be said for any race, culture, and gender. All people are one and the same, whether it is internal or external. Its purely choice by which a person acts. It is not defined by anyone but that person him or herself.

Is his act of dancing funny?..Sure. Still the purpose is clouded by his choice in which to convey his perspective. It really just seems he is uneducated to an extent in which his message could be conveyed in a better way. Dancing at fairview mall, on the subway and in downtown toronto; all these places share something in common, they all share diversity of people and structure. Being happy is a choice and at best he is a comedian. But it hasn't changed people's views on asians because that could have been any person of any culture. U just gave people walking by a quick laugh, you havent changed their perspective sorry.
Holden / March 12, 2010 at 04:43 pm
Looks to me like an excuse to get naked in public. I for one need no excuse. :-)
Lauren replying to a comment from hjli / March 12, 2010 at 04:50 pm
Agreed. He seems to have some basic steps down but needs to get some soul into his Soljah. Definitely far braver than I am, though.
geg / March 12, 2010 at 04:53 pm
I applaud 'sexy dragon' for really breaking stereotypes about asians
keven / March 12, 2010 at 04:56 pm
Asians are shy? lol

"When asked about the reactions he's received, Yang explains that "people in this city walk around without smiling." Wanting to change that, he aims to "entertain people with physical comedy in everyday life situations.""

So is this about changing stereotypes or just acting like a comical idiot in general? I don't get it.
Roger replying to a comment from YESYESYES / March 12, 2010 at 04:59 pm
You took the words right out of my keyboard.
He's not giving Zanta a run for his money.

Why does he have to strip down before he dances? To show off that hot bod? ;)
michelle / March 12, 2010 at 05:03 pm
Seriously? Breaking stereotypes? This is what we have to stand behind?

More like he's reinforcing the stereotype that we can't dance.
Richard S / March 12, 2010 at 05:12 pm
How does dancing with out a shirt dispel the stereotype of being hung like a light-switch?

Sorry, but Zanta is stronger, funnier, and scares more children and tourists.
agentsmith / March 12, 2010 at 06:04 pm
So he's basically doing the reverse of the "Party Boy" bit from the Jackass movie.
mondayjane / March 12, 2010 at 07:34 pm
Um, claiming that people don't smile in Toronto is not stereotyping?
<br> I think Mr. Dragon is desperately willing to do anything for attention. That is all.
handfed / March 12, 2010 at 08:18 pm
Yea, but does he drive a rice-burner?
blahblahblah / March 12, 2010 at 08:20 pm
does this guy plan to change his clothes? underwear? shorts?
jack / March 12, 2010 at 08:35 pm
the title of this blog entry is racist already on its own.. you obviously don't know much about asian cultures.. just look at all the porn movies coming out of Japan, trade in bangkok..and tiny speedo asian men wear at the beach.. shy?
Simon / March 12, 2010 at 08:44 pm
I'm bad at math and I'm Asian. I should just film myself doing calculus if I wanted to break stereotypes.
Jerrold replying to a comment from jack / March 12, 2010 at 08:47 pm
@jack Are you being serious or sarcastic? I can't tell.

(And I am familiar with Asian culture. FWIW, I lived in Asia for 2 years, and traveled the region extensively.)
ED / March 12, 2010 at 09:33 pm
datsun510bre / March 12, 2010 at 09:42 pm
soooooooooo lame. hope he has a day job.
jack replying to a comment from Jerrold / March 12, 2010 at 09:58 pm
I am serious.. tons of bathhouses in hong kong,japan..go go boys bars in silom bangkok..the amount of porn made is japan is shocking..and the amount of circuit parties in asia..put us in shame here in Canada..
Mark / March 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm
Asians are shy? I did not know.

If he wants to break an Asian stereotype he should pretend to be a dumbass... :P
Jane / March 13, 2010 at 12:50 am
I'm Chinese, and I was never shy, but I might be now that "Sexy" Dragon or Crazy Asian Guy decided to speak on behalf of all of us Asians. Anyone else embarrassed?

Add this to Canada's stereotypes: moose, beavers, geese, mounties, hockey players, and crazy Asians who strip in public and cannot dance...
yang replying to a comment from ray / March 13, 2010 at 01:41 am

i m also chinese. he is having fun, doing something crazy.

if you people honestly think that everyone would see asian negative because what he did then they really do have negative stereotype against us

but regardless of why he did it. it is still pretty funny & crazy
everlast_34 / March 13, 2010 at 06:37 am
I doubt this guy is proving much. Certainly nothing about asians being shy.

The only funny part is when he's at Yonge and Dundas and people are just ignoring him.
Apparantley it'll take more than dancing in your underwear to get the attention of Torontonians.
EZE replying to a comment from jack / March 13, 2010 at 11:20 am
of course they wouldnt be shy in their own homeland, youre just being silly and using bad examples. its not like they stare at eachother in bath houses either.
j s / March 13, 2010 at 11:56 am
This is funny, but why Soldier Boy? Isn't that a little dated already? It's like this guy is still living in mainland China and has not caught up yet with the latest styles.

Grooving to outdated music, yes that may be a real stereotype, HOWEVER asians being shy is a horrible and unjustified one that only applies to MARGINALIZED races living abroad. The Asian race is wild and crazy and really does put us to shame on a shot for shot basis. Clearly the author of this post has never been to Asia, and probably never experienced life as a minority.

Get your head out of your ass you bigoting pollack.
Christina / March 13, 2010 at 08:37 pm
honestly, people are over analyzing his point and his video. why are you guys judging and hating on his message? everyone does everything differently and he did it in a comical way. It definetly made me laugh...I dont think i could ever do what he did.
Matt / March 15, 2010 at 01:34 pm
im Chinese and that is really embarrassing

and everyone needs to stop saying nǐ hǎo to me on the street i can speak English perfectly fine thank you
nihao replying to a comment from Matt / March 17, 2010 at 10:24 am
ni hao
r-dean / March 17, 2010 at 04:16 pm
I like the light heartedness of what he's doing. And we need more of these types of displays. If nothing else, we all take our-selves and 'proper behaviour' too seriously. However, he in no way gives Zanta [not crazy, check the zanta movie online], a run for his money. Yes, Yes, Yes!
Miara replying to a comment from ray / March 21, 2010 at 01:25 am
Ray I totally agree with you. He is not breaking any stereotypes here he is searching for attention this video is nothing more than weak-comedy. Yes, I did laugh but more at him than with him. So what went wrong in his attempt to change a stereotype?

First I think his intentions are a bit off. He has blended his own 'fifteen-minutes of fame' into his message rather than going a more anonymous route. Had he sported a mask, say with some stereotypical Chinese comic character and done this is would have been far more effective.

Second, his demonstration has little connection to his message. Getting half naked and taking your clothes off and dancing in public places doesn't make you any less shy, especially if you are not connecting to your 'audience' around you. He seems to be very good at talking to strangers and posting his face, webpage and message all over the place. Which in fact reinforces the idea that Asian's are shy (def: being reserved or having or showing nervousness or timidity in the company of other people).

Third, he has let his ego get the best of him. This is evident in giving himself speaking power for all Asians. It would have been best had he spoke for himself, or at least for Chinese people who have immigrated to Canada but speaking for all Asians? Is he trying to say that he speaks for Japanese, Malay, Thai, Taiwanese and Korean people? Who does he think he is?

To anyone who wants to make an impact on people and make a change please take this gentleman's actions like the Bernstein Bear book: "this is what you should not do, let it be a lesson for you."

My guess? He is a socially awkward individual who has had a difficult time adapting to social life in Toronto and blames that on the stereotyping of Asian people being shy. And while stereotypes don't help matters, its not the fact that he was born in China that makes him awkward, its just the fact that he is aggressive, egotistical, impatient and selfish. In fact, he could actually benefit from being a little more reserved and shy, it might help him in social situations.

**(My apologies about the last rant in this paragraph but I study/have studied with him for some years. His 'quest' to show he's not a typical Chinese has been going on for years. It's driven by his ego and quite frankly I'll give him this: you are not a typical Asian or typical Chinese, in my experience most are far more adept in social situations than you are.)
Eric Smyth replying to a comment from Christina / March 25, 2010 at 01:39 pm
SD replying to a comment from Miara / April 13, 2010 at 08:03 pm
lol, Maria you seem to think you know Sexy Dragon very well but how well do you know him. do you know why he did this. the other videos he has planned?

your analysis of who he is also quite funny.
the SD / April 13, 2010 at 08:04 pm

you have no idea who sexy dragon is and you don't have a clue about the plan behind everything
J. replying to a comment from Miara / April 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm
Agreed with Ray and Miara.

His dancing naked all over Toronto is irrelevant to his intended message. I thought it was better fitted as a viral video for tourist attractions in Toronto (in fact, it would be quite effective at that). Personally, when I saw this video, I don't see an an asian breaking out of the shy stereotype, I see a naked twenty year old comically dancing in all the cool places in Toronto.

If you're reading this dragon guy, I think you could make your message stronger by making your message a little more clear and direct.

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